This year has been a pretty big year when it comes to crime drama, not least because some of the heavy-hitters have returned to our screens. Unforgotten, Broadchurch, Twin Peaks, Fargo et al have all been very welcome, and now another big hitter, Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake is now back among us. The dreamy first series aired in 2013 – just before this site’s time – and surely would have won that year’s Crime Drama Of The Year. Now we know when the follow-up, Top Of The Lake: China Girl, is due to start.
The six-part second series is once again co-written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and sees Elisabeth Moss return as Robin Griffin.
Detective Robin Griffin is back in Sydney, searching for the daughter she gave up for adoption 17 years ago. When the body of a young woman washes up on Bondi beach, Robin is caught up in a case which will lead closer to home than she could ever have expected.
Detective Robin Griffin (Moss) arrives back in Sydney after four years in New Zealand, unwilling to talk about the past, and eager to throw herself into her work. When a suitcase containing the body of a young woman washes up on Bondi Beach, Robin and her new partner Miranda (Gwendoline Christie) begin an investigation which will lead them into the dark side of Sydney’s sex industry, with reverberations they could never have imagined.
Privately, Robin is in search of the daughter she gave up for adoption at birth. Now 17, troubled Mary (Alice Englert) is at odds with her adoptive parents Julia (Nicole Kidman, pictured) and Pyke (Ewan Leslie), and deeply in thrall to her much older boyfriend Puss (David Dencik) – a dangerous philosopher with links to a brothel where a young sex worker has disappeared.
Having seen the first two episodes, I can attest to the fact that it’s going to be superior stuff.
Here’s a trailer…
Top Of The Lake: China Girl: Thursday 27th July, 9pm, BBC2